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Give Back Tahoe: Regional housing study reveals sobering statistics

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The nationwide housing crisis hits close to the hearts of many North Tahoe and Truckee renters, homeowners and business owners.

In fact, the recent Workforce Housing Surveys — part of the 2016 Regional Housing Study managed by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) and its program the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) — received 1,700 responses. That's 1,000 participants more than expected.

The surveys are one part in a multi-faceted study that seeks to identify the true needs and potential solutions for our housing market. In addition to the online survey, the North Tahoe Family Resource Center and the Family Resource Center of Truckee hosted several sessions conducted in Spanish.

Some survey highlights include:

• 76% of employees overpay for housing.

• 43.1% of potential home buyers can't find an affordable option.

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• 61.7% of employers say current housing conditions detract from their business' success.

Finding the roots, symptoms and solutions of the housing issue has gained tremendous collaborative support from community members, nonprofits, county officials and businesses. Community support is an integral part of the study, which includes a comprehensive needs assessment conducted by Bay Area Economics.

The next community outreach phase consists of three public forums. Forums will include preliminary data and survey results, and will seek input about the preference and practicality of possible solutions. All community members are invited to participate. Dates are:

April 28: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Truckee Tahoe Airport

May 3: 5:30-7:30 p.m., North Tahoe Events Center, Kings Beach

May 11: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City

Stacy Caldwell and Alison Schwedner, of TTCF and CCTT respectively, will facilitate the Tuesday, May 10, Good Morning Truckee. The program will introduce the Housing Study and cover vignettes from local employees and employers, data and survey results, and introduce solutions implemented in similar communities.

Funding and outreach partners of the study include the Town of Truckee, Placer County, Nevada County, Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe, Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Family Resource Center of Truckee, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Truckee Tahoe Community Television, Moonshine Ink and Elevate Tahoe.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. Visit ttcf.net to learn more and to RSVP to the forums.

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